"You're the Top"
Written for "Anything Goes" (1934)

How many syllables are in each line of the first verse?

At words poetic I'm so pathetic ____
That I always have found it best ____
Instead of getting 'em off my chest, ____
To let 'em rest -- unexpressed. _____
I hate parading my serenading, _____
As I'll probably miss a bar, _____
But if this ditty is not so pretty, _____
At least it'll tell you how great you are. ____

Write a brief description of each underlined item with as much detail as possible:

Chorus 1:

You're the top! You're the Colosseum,

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You're the top! You're the Louvre Museum,

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You're the melody from a symphony by Strauss,

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You're a Bendel bonnet,

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A Shakespeare sonnet,

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You're Mickey Mouse!

Wait a minute!!! When we say something is "Mickey Mouse" today, we mean that it's cheap or insignificant. What was the significance of Mickey Mouse in 1934?

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Chorus 2:

You're the Nile, you're the Tow'r of Pisa,

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You're the smile of the Mona Lisa.

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I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop! But if baby I'm the bottom, You're the top! Chorus 3:

You're the top! You're Mahatma Gandhi,

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You're the top! You're Napoleon brandy,

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You're the purple light of a summer night in Spain,
You're the National Gallery,

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You're Garbo's salary,

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You're cellophane!

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Chorus 4:

You're the top! You're a Waldorf salad,

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You're the top! You're a Berlin ballad,

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You're the baby grand of a lady and a gent.
You're an old Dutch Master,

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You're Mrs. Astor,

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You're Pepsodent!

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Chorus 5:

You're the top! You're an Arrow collar,

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You're the top! You're a Coolidge dollar,

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You're the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire

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You're an O'Neill drama,

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You're Whistler's mama

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You're camembert!

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Before writing your own version of "You're the Top," analyze the rhyme pattern you'll be using.

In the chorus section below, tell how many syllables are in each line:
Line 1: You're the top! You're the Colosseum, _____
Line 2: You're the top! You're the Louvre Museum, _____
Line 3: You're a melody from a symphony by Strauss, _____
Line 4: You're a Bendel bonnet,
Line 5: A Shakespeare sonnet, _____
Line 6: You're Mickey Mouse. _____

Which lines rhyme?
Line _____ and line _____
Line _____ and line _____
Line _____ and line _____

As you write your modern version of "You're the Top," keep the following in mind: